Russian Federation reset redux? Trump tries where predecessors failed
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 16:57
Putin's view was shared by Tillerson who, on the first visit by the Trump cabinet to Russian Federation, said ties between the two countries were at a low point marked by serious distrust. "No", Trump said in the interview, which aired yesterday in the U.S. "And Russia said no to a resolution that would have helped promote peace in Syria", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the resolution was failed to be adopted.
Separately, we must be clear that chemical weapons, like biological and nuclear weapons, constitute a class of weapons altogether different from conventional warfare, and their use is wholly unacceptable at any time and at any scale. Trump said in a note on Twitter. Russia's United Nations envoy before the vote said the resolution served no goal and pointed out that the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is due to meet in the Hague Thursday to discuss the incident, and urged all parties to cooperate with any independent worldwide investigation launched by that organization.
"It's deplorable, and we regret what is going on, but we can do little except asking to back accusations with facts", Mr Lavrov said. "Maybe better than anticipated".
The vote came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow to discuss the escalating tensions in Syria.
-Russian relations had reached such a low point, a Kremlin spokesman said. He added ominously, "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".
Mr Tillerson reiterated the United States view that Assad aircraft carried out the attack.
Russian Federation has seen no evidence or facts to suggest that its government interfered in the USA election previous year, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday (April 12).
Even though the Kremlin said last week that its support for Assad isn't unconditional and emphasized that it can't control the Syrian leader's every move, such statements sound more like rhetoric aimed at deflecting Western criticism than a signal of Moscow's readiness to bargain over Assad's fate. What the Trump administration must do is to come up with a meticulously worked-out measure that could lead Russian Federation to change its actions, while avoiding any crucial confrontation with Moscow.
The United States responded to the gas attack by firing 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said U.S.
Washington and Moscow "must find a way to work together to stabilise the situation in a deliberate, realistic and concerted way in support of the political process", he said. To Tillerson, it's "fairly well-established" that Moscow screwed around in last year's US elections; to Lavrov, the allegations are nonsense, lacking any concrete proof.
Mr Lavrov also disputed the U.S. claim that the Syrian government was behind the chemical attacks on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4th, stating that Russian Federation had "no confirmation" chemical attacks had taken place and was calling for an independent investigation.
Trump praised Putin as a strong leader during his long campaign for the White House, but on Wednesday he highlighted the Russian president's role in the Syrian civil war.
"U.S. and Russian interests, whether in Syria, toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, human rights, etc. are far too different despite President Trump's earlier interest in an understanding", White said. "I think, new attempts will be made".